Saturday, February 25, 2017

"Hindus For Trump" is an antidote to racism


This week, the detractors of the "Hindus For Trump" movement believe they have found their smoking gun, their evidence that the Trump administration and white America are basically racist, that all "Indians" are in danger of a genocidal backlash, and that all brown people, no matter their background or beliefs, should unite along racial lines rather than align with like-minded people who may not share their skin color. On February 22nd, a white navy veteran shot and killed Indian-American Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a bar in Kansas, screaming "get out of my country". So what has the analysis of the mostly left, mostly white and Indian, and mostly Islamic sympathetic opinion sphere been on this incident?  

According to the Huffington Post, "Indian-Americans" need to realize that their median incomes will not protect them from violence. According to Scroll India, Hindus For Trump is actually a quest for "whiteness", and that we Hindus have only aligned with Trump because we are all "Brahmans" who are racist elitist assholes. There is no room for nuance in this analysis, Hindus who have supported Trump are simply wannabe whites who are very snooty due to their high levels of education and employment.  We are all supposed to wake up now and realize that we should be aligning along racial lines, not ideological lines, and that we Hindus and only we Hindus need to stop hitching ourselves to mindless supremacist movements.  The other side will tell you we have absolutely no logical reason to accept some of the baggage that comes along with aligning with the Republican party, according to our opposition we have simply all been brainwashed into leaving behind our peaceful and cohesive Muslim-Hindu racial community which is where we supposedly really belong and are the safest.

First let's make something obvious, every Hindu in American who is making any political decision knows that there is some risk involved.  Does every single Hindu involved in the Hindus For Trump movement know that there are racist elements in the Republican party that would like to see all non-whites and non-Christians deported or killed?  Yes, of course we do, we live in this world the same as you do.  But what you are not giving us is the respect to even think that we have sat and thought and discussed these issues and determined, for ourselves, that the benefits of supporting Trump and the Republican party far outweigh simply aligning ourselves along racial lines, mindlessly flocking with other members of our skin color despite their way of life, their history, their ideology and their ultimate destiny.

Yes, of course we view the death of Srinivas Kuchibhotla as a horrible tragedy, but this tragedy was not caused because Hindus supported Trump, nor are we or Trump responsible for fanning the flames of hatred.  Perhaps if you would take a moment to think about the rational reasons why so many Hindus campaigned for Trump, you would see that it is not us but the Islamists who are responsible for bringing hatred upon themselves.  So how is it that so many brown Hindus would be so willing and eager to break with the Muslim members of their racial community and join with the not so white, not so Christian Trump administration, despite the fact that such an alliance comes with its own risks?  All any Indian need do is look at their own history to see that race has never protected Hindus from Islamic aggression. Muslims don't follow racial lines, they follow ideological lines, and so do we.

Who was it that invaded Hindu majority South Asia between 1200 and 1600 and mass-murdered nearly 80 million Hindus?  Who was it that established theocratic tyrannies over Hindus, forcing them to convert or live in a state of dhimmitude, paying humiliating taxes to their overlords?  Who was it that ransacked Hindu temples for no other reason than to destroy and desecrate the holy sites of the "idolaters"?  Who gave us the name "Hindu Kush" (Hindu slaughter) for the mountain regions in Afghanistan and Pakistan which are ruled over by Islamic tyrannies today? Were these the legacies of white America and the Trump administration?  No, everyone knows these histories and worse were provided to the brown South Asian Hindu not by the Republican party but by brown Muslims of divergent values.  Yet, we are expected to believe we are automatically safer with our own skin color, despite the fact that history has proven to us otherwise.

Oh, but that is all history says the modern so-called "liberal", let's talk about this white on brown shooting that just happened today, and the racist overtones associated with it.  Yes, let's talk about today.  Today, right now, millions of Hindus suffer under brutal Muslim regimes in the Islamic States of Pakistan and Bangladesh.  When India and Pakistan/Bangladesh separated in 1947, Hindu majority India created a secular democracy where anyone could become president and all religions were granted equal protection under that law.  Muslim majority Pakistan became a Muslim state, where only a Muslim could become president, which is still the case today.  Today, it is estimated that nearly 1000 non-Muslims underage girls are kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted to Islam every year in the nation of Pakistan, and even when these adolescents are found and their identity and age proven, rarely if ever do any of Pakistan's Islamic courts return these girls to their parents. The majority of them live out the rest of their lives as sex slaves and baby-making machines for their older Muslim "husbands".  

Right now, today, Pakistan still teaches curriculum from state produced textbooks which demonize Hindus as the "enemies of Islam", forces Ahmadis to register their religion on their passports, and sentences non-Muslims to death for "blasphemy".  Right now, today, Hindus and other non-Muslims are viciously persecuted and murdered in the Islamic state of Bangladesh. Last year saw broad daylight Muslim inspired murders of Hindu and Buddhists priests, shopkeepers and academics, Christian church goers and gay rights activists within Bangladesh.  In 2015-2016, hundreds of Hindu temples, homes and businesses were burnt to the ground, hundreds of underage Hindu girls were either kidnapped, assaulted or gang raped. All of this is brown on brown crime, Muslim on Hindu crime, yet we are supposed to align along racial lines and not with those who share our understanding of the threat posed by Islamic governance and jihad ideology, namely white and non-white Republicans.  



Let's also not forget that not all Muslims, not all proponents of Sharia law, and not all Muslim terrorists are brown. Remember Samantha Lewthwaite, the British "White Widow" Muslim convert who is accused of being responsible for the deaths of nearly 400 people?  What about Matthew Newton, the white British man who was arrested for recruiting young men to fight for the Taliban? What about the fact that nearly 40% of all arrests for terrorism charges involve those who have converted to Islam? You are asking brown Hindus to align with Muslims because we supposedly share the same skin color, but what about white Muslims, are we obligated to align with them as well? And what about when Muslim terrorists kill other non-whites and non-Muslims, such as we saw in the 2015 San Bernardino attack.  Brown on brown crime, if committed for religious reasons, is not as heinous as white on brown crime if committed for racist reasons?  Religious bigotry is just as dangerous as racial bigotry, plain and simple. 

The Republican party has no racial or religious platform, it has no immutable constitution, it is a fluid organization with a history of fighting racism and slavery.  Republican means just that, it means we support a Republic, a nation of laws which protects citizens from tyrannies, and not all Republics are white or Christian, Rome was a Republic. Right now, the Republican party under Donald Trump is the only viable party in the United States which has the determination to protect brown Hindus, white Hindus, black Hindus and all Americans from the invasive and militant ideology of Islam.  Islam is not just a religion, it is also a legal system, a political system which currently runs more than 50 countries across the globe, nations where non-Muslims suffer routine discrimination and genocide. There is no difference in aligning with the Republican party to thwart Communist aggression vs aligning with them to thwart Islamic aggression; both Islam and Communism are non-racial dictatorial political systems, the only difference is that Islam is theistic and Communism is not. 

Then there is this nagging accusation that we are only working with Trump and the Republicans because we want to be white, because we think that is the white thing to do.  So what about all you brown people on the left, with the Democrats, who voted for Hillary... have you not noticed that your party is also mostly white?  What kind of clothes do you wear?  What kind of TV shows do you watch?  What do you do to fit into white society?  You're not wearing bindis, saris or dhotis, your not shunning the all-white cast of Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings to watch the latest Mahabarat serial, your not bringing Telugu or Tamil language courses to your prestigious Western universities. The ideologies you use to try to attack us, your critical theory, your Marx-Leninism, your postmodernism, these are all the products of white minds, the trends of the white youth.  You talk white, walk white, dress white, think white and fight white, you condemn us for working to preserve the heritage of Hinduism which was produced form brown minds, and then you say we want to be white?  The pot is calling the kettle black. Your hypocritical and perverted self-serving strategy stands exposed for all honest, unbiased and impartial minds to see. 

The title of this article is "Hindus For Trump is an antidote to racism"; Hindus For Trump was started to show America, to show the world, that Hindus don't think along racial lines, we think along logical and humanitarian lines.  Now that the world is reeling from the rise of ISIS, from deadly Muslim terror attacks here and in Europe, from the growing knowledge of the barbaric Islamic legal system known as Sharia, now more than ever it is important for Hindus to prove that we don't condone these crimes because the perpetrators are brown. We side with secularism and democracy, even if the champions of these freedoms are white, black, red or yellow, even if we must break with our race to join the greater humanity.  

Hindus For Trump has shown people of every race that we as Hindus transcend ethnicity, we believe in higher ideals that unite the whole world.  If you want to blame someone for racism, blame yourselves, because it is you who are trying to lump all "Indians" together, it is you who care more about the color of the skin than the content of the character.  You are forcing a false South Asian identity and you are diluting the true spiritual expression of the "Indian" ethos which is pluralistic Hinduism, not imperialistic and insular Islam. Race means nothing, beliefs and actions means everything, that is what we are demonstrating.  What you are showing the world is that it doesn't matter how tyrannical the governmental system, it doesn't matter how barbaric the crimes, it doesn't matter what threat it poses to secularism and democracy, as long as it is brown, your defending it, because you are brown, and that is all you care about. Hinduism is a way of life, not a race, you have sold yourselves short with your racialist agenda, you will not bring us down with you. Truth Trumps Falsehood. 


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bangladeshi Hindus rally for Trump at White House


Sunday, Dec 11th - nearly 100 Hindus rallied outside the White House to request that the outgoing Obama administration and incoming Trump administration voice for minorities who are currently being persecuted in the Islamic State of Bangladesh. They are also requesting that Bangladesh become a secular state. Due to an ever increasing ISIS contingency  in Bangladesh, non-Muslims have been experiencing an escalation in targeted violent attacks. Since late October, Islamic radicals have either vandalized or destroyed nearly 20 Hindu temples along with hundreds of Hindu homes and businesses. This year, Islamic extremists have carried out several deadly attacks against non-Muslims including the murder of elderly Hindu and Buddhist priests, the hacking to death of a Hindu tailor and a Hindu teacher, the murder of two Christians outside a prayer meeting, and the targeted slaughter of two gay rights activists. The demonstration follows similar protests held outside Trump Tower and the United Nations in November. 


Violence against Hindus and other non-Muslims has a long and bloody history in Bangladesh and has become even more common with the influx of ISIS elements into the nation. During the 1971 Liberation War, Hindus were targeted for ethnic cleansing by competing regimes, leading to the systematic slaughter and exodus of millions. After the liberation war, Bangladesh made Islam the official state religion and began a campaign of seizures of Hindu lands under what were known as "Enemy Property Acts". Due to ongoing violence and institutional discrimination, it has been estimated that 49 million Hindus have gone "missing" from Bangladesh since 1971, reducing the Hindu population from 18% to 9%


Many influential members of the Bangladeshi Hindu community living in America supported Donald Trump during the election, hoping he would curb Islamist violence in the region (see video below). Trump reached out to the Hindu community during his campaign, stating that under his administration "Hindus will have a true friend in the White House,"  In October, Trump attended a charity event to raise funds for Bengali Hindu victims of Islamic terrorism. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has also issued statements on the current plight of minorities in Bangladesh. 


Due to the dire circumstances of their community back home, the Bangladeshi Hindu community has aligned with Donald Trump in significant numbers, especially in NYC where they are most concentrated. Even though the number of Bengali Hindus is relatively small in comparison to their Indian counterparts, they are a particularly vocal and intellectual groups which makes them especially persuasive in the American Hindu political community. Donald Trump garnered support from Indians and Pakistani Hindus by identifying the Isamist regime of Pakistan as a nuclear threat; he may also find a groundswell of support if he should further elaborate on the plight of Hindus and other minorities living in Bangladesh, a nation which is quickly becoming a new haven for ISIS

Statement By Congresswoman
Tulsi Gabbard

In the United States, Hindu congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has started a video and petition campaign to help fight the rise of violent Jihad within the Islamic State of Bangladesh. Her video and petition highlights the ongoing religious cleansing of Hindus from Bangladesh, the decimation of the Hindu population from 18% in 1971 to less than 10% today, expulsions and land grabs, the rape and forced conversions of young Hindu women, and the ongoing attacks on Hindu places of worship. 

Transcript:

Aloha and Namaste. While we here in the United States may sometimes take our freedoms for granted, Hindus and other religious minorities in Bangladesh are living in perpetual terror. Forced conversions to Islam, rapes and abductions, extortions and land grabbing and forced expulsion, desecration and destruction of places of worship, are just a few of the types of violence that are currently being unleashed. The population of Hindus in Bangladesh has dwindled from 18% in 1971 to a meager 9.7% today. Accounting for the overall population growth during this time this is a net loss of about 53 million Hindus from Bangladesh. That’s close to the total population of a dozen European Union countries or that of more than fifteen U.S. States that has simply vanished from a tiny country about the size of Greece or the State of New York.
Compounding the problem is the rapid rise of violent jihadists in Bangladesh. We’ve seen in the news recently word of terrorist attacks, machete attacks and beheadings of Hindu priests, secularists, bloggers, and intellectuals. Yet there has been no real action taken by the Bangladesh government to quell this festering crisis.
We must stand together with the people of Bangladesh. Please sign this petition as we call on the Bangladesh government to take urgent action against the horrific oppression and terror that plagues religious minorities in Bangladesh every day.






Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Save Bangladeshi Hindus" rallies at Trump Tower, Next Washington DC



Sunday, Nov 27th, members of the  NYC Bangladeshi Hindu community rallied at Trump Tower in Manhattan. The aim was to request that president-elect Donald Trump take public notice of the ongoing deadly persecution of non-Muslims in the Islamic State of Bangladesh. The "Save Bangladeshi Hindus" mantra, which also includes a coalition of Buddhists and Christians, is hoping to push the nation of Bangladesh to become a secular state and protect its minorities from radical Islamic terrorism as well as ISIS. The group will next rally outside the White House on Sunday, December 11th. 

SEE - New York Times: "Attacks On Hindus In Bangladesh" 



Many influential members of the Bangladeshi Hindu community living in America supported Donald Trump during his campaign, hoping he would curb Islamist violence in the region (see video below). Trump reached out to the Hindu community during his campaign, stating that under his administration "Hindus will have a true friend in the White House,"  In October, Trump attended a charity event to raise funds for Bengali Hindu victims of Islamic terrorism. The demonstration follows a similar protest which took place outside the United Nations earlier this month, as well as a statement on the matter by USA congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.



Violence against Hindus and other non-Muslims has a long and bloody history in Bangladesh and has become even more common with the influx of ISIS elements into the nation. During the 1971 Liberation War, Hindus were targeted for ethnic cleansing by competing regimes, leading to the systematic slaughter and exodus of millions. After the liberation war, Bangladesh made Islam the official state religion and began a campaign of seizures of Hindu lands under what were known as "Enemy Property Acts". Due to ongoing violence and institutional discrimination, it has been estimated that 49 million Hindus have gone "missing" from Bangladesh since 1971, reducing the Hindu population from 18% to 9%. Besides homegrown anti-Hindu terrorism, Bangladesh is also now dealing with a growing ISIS contingency which has claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks on non-Muslims, including the murder of elderly Hindu and Buddhist priests, the hacking to death of a Hindu tailor and a Hindu teacher, the murder of two Christians outside a prayer meeting, and the targeted slaughter of two gay rights activists. 


Due to the dire circumstances of their community back home, the Bangladeshi Hindu community has aligned with Donald Trump in significant numbers, especially in NYC where they are most concentrated. Even though the number of Bengali Hindus is relatively small in comparison to their Indian counterparts, they are a particularly vocal and intellectual groups which makes them especially persuasive in the American Hindu political community. Donald Trump garnered support from Indians and Pakistani Hindus by identifying the Isamist regime of Pakistan as a nuclear threat; he may also find a groundswell of support if he should further elaborate on the plight of Hindus and other minorities living in Bangladesh, a nation which is quickly becoming a new haven for ISIS

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Statement By Congresswoman
Tulsi Gabbard

In the United States, Hindu congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has started a video and petition campaign to help fight the rise of violent Jihad within the Islamic State of Bangladesh. Her video and petition highlights the ongoing religious cleansing of Hindus from Bangladesh, the decimation of the Hindu population from 18% in 1971 to less than 10% today, expulsions and land grabs, the rape and forced conversions of young Hindu women, and the ongoing attacks on Hindu places of worship. 

Transcript:

Aloha and Namaste. While we here in the United States may sometimes take our freedoms for granted, Hindus and other religious minorities in Bangladesh are living in perpetual terror. Forced conversions to Islam, rapes and abductions, extortions and land grabbing and forced expulsion, desecration and destruction of places of worship, are just a few of the types of violence that are currently being unleashed. The population of Hindus in Bangladesh has dwindled from 18% in 1971 to a meager 9.7% today. Accounting for the overall population growth during this time this is a net loss of about 53 million Hindus from Bangladesh. That’s close to the total population of a dozen European Union countries or that of more than fifteen U.S. States that has simply vanished from a tiny country about the size of Greece or the State of New York.
Compounding the problem is the rapid rise of violent jihadists in Bangladesh. We’ve seen in the news recently word of terrorist attacks, machete attacks and beheadings of Hindu priests, secularists, bloggers, and intellectuals. Yet there has been no real action taken by the Bangladesh government to quell this festering crisis.
We must stand together with the people of Bangladesh. Please sign this petition as we call on the Bangladesh government to take urgent action against the horrific oppression and terror that plagues religious minorities in Bangladesh every day.





Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hindus to rally at Trump Tower - "TRUMP: SAVE BANGLADESHI HINDUS"


WHAT:

Hindu Rally - "TRUMP: SAVE BANGLADESHI HINDUS"

WHERE: 

TRUMP TOWER - Manhattan - 57th St & 5th Ave

WHEN:

Sunday, November 27th, 2pm - 5pm


বাংলাদেশে চলমান হিন্দু নিগ্রহের প্রতিবাদে নভেম্বর ২৭ তারিখ রোজ রবিবার দুপুর ২টায় নিউ ইয়র্কের ম্যানহাটনের ফিফথ এভিনিউ ফিফটি সেভেন স্ট্রিটের ট্রাম্প টাওয়ারের নীচে প্রতিবাদ সমাবেশ। আমেরিকার সচেতন হিন্দু সমাজকে এই প্রতিবাদে অংশ নিয়ে বাংলাদেশে নির্যাতীত হিন্দুদের পাশে দাঁড়ানোর অনুরধ করছি।


Dozens of NYC Hindu organizations are planning to rally outside Trump Tower on Sunday, November 27th in response to the recent attacks on Hindus by Islamic radicals in Bangladesh.  The aim of the demonstration is to encourage President-elect Donald Trump to speak for Bangladeshi Hindus, as well as push the Bangladeshi government to protect minorities and return to secular governance. All NYC / New Jersey Hindus are invited to attend and bring your organizational banner. The demonstration follows a similar protest which took place outside the United Nations earlier this month, as well as a statement on the matter by USA congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

SEE - New York Times: "Attacks On Hindus In Bangladesh" 


Bangladeshi Hindus
Rally For Trump @ UN


On Friday, November 11th, dozens of Bangladeshi Hindus demonstrated outside the United Nations to oppose violence against Hindus in their homeland, and to rally the community to further support President-elect Donald Trump. The demonstrations come after a new wave of violence against minority Hindus by Islamic radicals in Bangladesh, a nation which borders India to the northeast. In the past weeks, nearly 20 Hindu temples have been vandalized or destroyed and hundreds of Hindu homes and businesses set on fire,damaged or looted. The Islamist violence is allegedly in response to a facebook post which was stated to be "offensive to Islam". Many influential members of the Bangladeshi Hindu community living in America supported Donald Trump during his campaign, hoping he would curb Islamist violence in the region (see video below). Trump reached out to the Hindu community during his campaign, stating that under his administration "Hindus will have a true friend in the White House,"  In October, Trump attended a charity event to raise funds for Bengali Hindu victims of Islamic terrorism


Violence against Hindus and other non-Muslims has a long and bloody history in Bangladesh and has become even more common with the influx of ISIS elements into the nation. During the 1971 Liberation War, Hindus were targeted for ethnic cleansing by competing regimes, leading to the systematic slaughter and exodus of millions. After the liberation war, Bangladesh made Islam the official state religion and began a campaign of seizures of Hindu lands under what were known as "Enemy Property Acts". Due to ongoing violence and institutional discrimination, it has been estimated that 49 million Hindus have gone "missing" from Bangladesh since 1971, reducing the Hindu population from 18% to 9%. Besides homegrown anti-Hindu terrorism, Bangladesh is also now dealing with a growing ISIS contingency which has claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks on non-Muslims, including the murder of elderly Hindu and Buddhist priests, the hacking to death of a Hindu tailor and a Hindu teacher, the murder of two Christians outside a prayer meeting, and the targeted slaughter of two gay rights activists.


Due to the dire circumstances of their community back home, the Bangladeshi Hindu community has aligned with Donald Trump in significant numbers, especially in NYC where their numbers are most concentrated. Even though the number of Bengali Hindus is relatively small in comparison to their Indian counterparts, they are a particularly vocal and intellectual groups which makes them especially persuasive in the American Hindu political community. Donald Trump garnered support from Indians and Pakistani Hindus by identifying the Isamist regime of Pakistan as a nuclear threat; he may also find a groundswell of support if he should further elaborate on the plight of Hindus and other minorities living in Bangladesh, a nation which is quickly becoming a new haven for ISIS

Statement By Congresswoman
Tulsi Gabbard

In the United States, Hindu congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has started a video and petition campaign to help fight the rise of violent Jihad within the Islamic State of Bangladesh. Her video and petition highlights the ongoing religious cleansing of Hindus from Bangladesh, the decimation of the Hindu population from 18% in 1971 to less than 10% today, expulsions and land grabs, the rape and forced conversions of young Hindu women, and the ongoing attacks on Hindu places of worship. 

Transcript:

Aloha and Namaste. While we here in the United States may sometimes take our freedoms for granted, Hindus and other religious minorities in Bangladesh are living in perpetual terror. Forced conversions to Islam, rapes and abductions, extortions and land grabbing and forced expulsion, desecration and destruction of places of worship, are just a few of the types of violence that are currently being unleashed. The population of Hindus in Bangladesh has dwindled from 18% in 1971 to a meager 9.7% today. Accounting for the overall population growth during this time this is a net loss of about 53 million Hindus from Bangladesh. That’s close to the total population of a dozen European Union countries or that of more than fifteen U.S. States that has simply vanished from a tiny country about the size of Greece or the State of New York.
Compounding the problem is the rapid rise of violent jihadists in Bangladesh. We’ve seen in the news recently word of terrorist attacks, machete attacks and beheadings of Hindu priests, secularists, bloggers, and intellectuals. Yet there has been no real action taken by the Bangladesh government to quell this festering crisis.
We must stand together with the people of Bangladesh. Please sign this petition as we call on the Bangladesh government to take urgent action against the horrific oppression and terror that plagues religious minorities in Bangladesh every day.










Sunday, November 13, 2016

Bangladeshi Hindus rally for Trump at the UN [VIDEO]






On Friday, November 11th, dozens of Bangladeshi Hindus demonstrated outside the United Nations to oppose violence against Hindus in their homeland, and to rally the community to further support President-elect Donald Trump. The demonstrations come after a new wave of violence against minority Hindus by Islamic radicals in Bangladesh, a nation which borders India to the northeast. In the past weeks, nearly 20 Hindu temples have been vandalized or destroyed and hundreds of Hindu homes and businesses set on fire,damaged or looted. The Islamist violence is allegedly in response to a facebook post which was stated to be "offensive to Islam". Many influential members of the Bangladeshi Hindu community living in America supported Donald Trump during his campaign, hoping he would curb Islamist violence in the region (see video above). Trump reached out to the Hindu community during his campaign, stating that under his administration "Hindus will have a true friend in the White House,"  In October, Trump attended a charity event to raise funds for Bengali Hindu victims of Islamic terrorism


Violence against Hindus and other non-Muslims has a long and bloody history in Bangladesh and has become even more common with the influx of ISIS elements into the nation. During the 1971 Liberation War, Hindus were targeted for ethnic cleansing by competing regimes, leading to the systematic slaughter and exodus of millions. After the liberation war, Bangladesh made Islam the official state religion and began a campaign of seizures of Hindu lands under what were known as "Enemy Property Acts". Due to ongoing violence and institutional discrimination, it has been estimated that 49 million Hindus have gone "missing" from Bangladesh since 1971, reducing the Hindu population from 18% to 9%. Besides homegrown anti-Hindu terrorism, Bangladesh is also now dealing with a growing ISIS contingency which has claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks on non-Muslims, including the murder of elderly Hindu and Buddhist priests, the hacking to death of a Hindu tailor and a Hindu teacher, the murder of two Christians outside a prayer meeting, and the targeted slaughter of two gay rights activists.



Due to the dire circumstances of their community back home, the Bangladeshi Hindu community has aligned with Donald Trump in significant numbers, especially in NYC where their numbers are most concentrated. Even though the number of Bengali Hindus is relatively small in comparison to their Indian counterparts, they are a particularly vocal and intellectual groups which makes them especially persuasive in the American Hindu political community. Donald Trump garnered support from Indians and Pakistani Hindus by identifying the Isamist regime of Pakistan as a nuclear threat; he may also find a groundswell of support if he should further elaborate on the plight of Hindus and other minorities living in Bangladesh, a nation which is quickly becoming a new haven for ISIS









Friday, October 28, 2016

Hillary's Scandals Come To India



Hillary's scandals have been rocking the press here in the United States, but she also has some explaining to do in India. Namely, Hillary worked to falsely accuse the Prime Minister of India of genocide, the Clinton's "America India Foundation" stole more than $50 mil form Gujarat earthquake victims, and Hillary herself was shown to be in bed with DOW Chemical in avoiding compensation to the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak tragedy. 


SCANDAL 1:


Clinton Tries To Frame The Prime Minister Of India For Genocide 



In 2002, when the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, was the Minister of Gujarat state, a mob of more than 30 Muslims set fire to a train full of Hindu pilgrims, including women and children, killing 59 people. Due to the heinousness of the act, and because it was a targeted attack on Hindus, spontaneous riots broke out across the state of Gujarat, leaving more than 1,000 Muslims dead. Many tried to accuse Narendra Modi of orchestrating these riots against Muslims, however a Special Investigation Team (SIT) found no evidence against Modi and no court in India would take the case. Hillary Clinton herself tried to get Modi convicted of genocide, but even after enlisting several NGO's to look for evidence of mass Muslim graves, all she was able to come up with were piles of old buffalo bones! No investigative team, inside or outside of India, was able to find evidence that Modi planned a genocide against the Muslims of his state, because he didn't. These were spontaneous riots created by Muslims who decided to burn a train full of mothers and babies. However, Hillary Clinton's bias against Modi was obvious from the very start, she did not take an "innocent until proven guilty" stance, no, she actually developed what she called her "Get Modi" plan where she personally supervised the acquisition of extensive amounts of US tax dollars to find any evidence which could possibly be used against the Prime Minister. Many believe that Hillary wanted to take down Modi because she thought he would not cooperate with her international agendas... but maybe it had something to do with the fact that the Clintons began stealing more than $50 million dollars from Earthquake victims in the state of Gujarat only a year earlier? 

SEE: Asian Tribune, Secretary Clinton's 'Get Modi' Policy holds disastrous to US under Modi regime




SCANDAL 2:


Clintons Steals $50 Mil From Earthquake Victims

In 2001, a deadly earthquake hit the Indian state of Gujarat, killing 20,000 people and injuring more than 160,000. Bill Clinton set up the "America India Foundation" to raise funds, pledging to rebuild 100 villages. Over the next decade, only 7 villages were partially rebuilt and $2.7 million given to earthquake victims, meanwhile another $53 million dollars went to unrelated Clinton projects such as "accelerating social change". Additionally, AIF's top officers gave over $13 million to the Clinton foundation and donated to Hillary Clinton's political campaigns.  Apprised of Clinton’s actions with AIF, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Tennessee Republican who is vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee — which also investigated the Red Cross scandal —  said that AIF’s actions should be referred to the Federal Trade Commission because “we must be consistent in how we deal with sham charities.” The AIF stated to the IRS when it sought tax exempt status that it was a genuine disaster relief organization: “The American India Foundation was formed to render financial and managerial assistance to the disaster relief and rehabilitation effort in India following the Gujarat earthquake” but “If this organization raised money for earthquake victims in the villages, but used the money on other purposes that was unrelated to those victims, it’s not a good practice.” Sant Singh Chatwal, an AIF trustee, pleaded guilty in 2014 to funneling more than $180,000 in illegal contributions to candidates for federal office, including Hillary. 

SEE: EXPOSED: The Corrupt Clinton Foundation You’ve Never Heard Of



SCANDAL 3:

Hillary In Bed With DOW Chemical On Bhopal Tragedy 


In 1984 a gas leak in Bhopal India led to the deaths of 8,000 rural Indians. Dow Chemical bought the faulty pesticide plant from Union Carbide in 2001. But activists and some Indian politicians wanted Dow to be held responsible for the tragedy. DOW CEO, Andrew Liveris, hoped to limit the company’s exposure. Leaked emails show that Doug Band, Bill Clinton’s former body man and a Clinton Foundation adviser, reached out to Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, to inquire on Liveris’ behalf about a letter Liveris had given Hillary in 2010, which was intended for Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister at the time. The letter concerned the Bhopal incident, and Doug Band requested Huma Abedin to have Hillary Clinton "show him (Liveris) love". 

At the same time that Band was leaning on Hillary Clinton via Abedin, he was in the final stages of creating Teneo Holdings, a consulting firm that would later have Dow Chemical as a client and former President Clinton as an “honorary chairman.” Dow has donated heavily to various Clinton Foundation projects. In 2007, the company guaranteed $30 million in loans through the Clinton Global Initiative to build water systems in India. And in 2011, Dow’s charity donated $5.2 million to the Clinton Global Initiative to help develop a science and technology learning program for young girls. 

Dow paid even more money to Teneo than it did to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. And it is the Clintons’ relationship with the consulting firm that padded the former first family’s pockets. Reuters reported last year that Dow paid Teneo $2.8 million in 2011 and another $16 million in 2012. During that same time period, Bill Clinton was set to be paid $3.5 million as honorary chairman at Teneo, which Doug Band co-founded with Declan Kelly, a former Hillary Clinton campaign financier and State Department appointee. Huma Abedin, who is now vice chair of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, also pulled double duty. She was hired by Teneo in 2012, while still at State and while she held a position at the Clinton Foundation.

It is unclear if Clinton ended up passing Liveris’ letter forward or if she intervened on Dow’s behalf on the matter in any other way. While the State Department and Obama administration did not publicly intervene on Dow Chemical’s behalf in the Bhopal issue, no action was taken by the United States to punish the company or to help out Indian activists who wanted resolution in the case. The emails provide a glimpse into the Clinton’s “sleazy world of high-level access and influence,” says Tim Edwards, a spokesman for the International Campaign for Justice for Bhopal. “For twelve years Dow Chemical CEO Liveris has acted to prevent survivors of Union Carbide’s 1984 gas disaster in Bhopal, India — some of the poorest people on the planet — obtaining adequate medical care, compensation and justice from his company,” Edwards told TheDC. “Payments by Dow to the Clinton’s Global Initiative appear to have persuaded both Bill and Hilary Clinton to take a supporting role in Liveris’ deplorable work,” he added.

SEE: Emails Reveal Clintons’ ‘Sleazy’ And Intricate Relationship With Major Chemical Manufacturer





Monday, October 24, 2016

Why many Caribbean-American Hindus are supporting Trump


     In all my life in United States I have historically been a democrat to heart but, sometimes change comes in the most unexpected ways. That change may be difficult and it may be tougher to digest when it seems to flow against the traditions we have settled ourselves into. However we were not sworn in as Democrats or Republicans on taking the oath, we were sworn in as citizens of the United States and so we must think of her interests first before our respective parties. We must also think what will benefit us as a community, a Hindu community who hail from the Caribbean or West Indies region.

     The Republicans party has always been projected by the opposition to be the conservative set who are against the interests of minorities but, a check back in history presents us with the narrative that it was Republicans like Abraham Lincoln who freed slaves and many times set this country on the right path it was meant for. The time has come when we have to think of America’s economic and political interest and safety and if that includes considering the Republican candidate Trump then we must consider it thoroughly.

     Donald J. Trump is a New Yorker like many of us and he knows business, also like many of us he has risen to the top of his game and yes he had some business anomalies but which of us have not been through this? Being from an Indian Hindu Caribbean background, given our community’s penchant for business we are quite aware of the ups and downs of business. But overall he has been successful. He just might be able to bring America back from economic meltdown.

     Hindus represent a minority group here in the U.S.A. but the Hindu American community is one of the most well off economically in the U.S. bringing in way above the average American income, having the highest number of entrepreneurs and the highest education levels. We are successful people and we are hardworking people, all traits that are highly prized within the Republican Party. It is time we step out of the shadows of the usual stigma associated with being a minority group and be recognized by the greater American political spectrum. A step into the Republican spotlight will bring recognition to Hindus and hence Caribbean Hindus especially from Trinidad and Guyana.

We need to stop being just followers as a community we need to learn to be bold and to lead. Instead of running from the Republican Party as the media tells us let us be bold, let us help change it, evolve it and this election we Hindus can enter into the history books. Let us show that our vote matters. Under the current administration Hindus have begged many times for Diwali to be recognized as a holiday in New York by the same people who expect our vote this general election. We were blatantly told no that the school calendar has no more extra days left to include us. Let us go to those who are giving us respect and recognition, time for some change and maybe that change will be better for us, but we won’t know if we don’t at least consider Trump.

     Trump is holding a rally in New Jersey in October to address the Hindu community. He will also be talking about the genocide, exodus and persecution of Hindus going on in South Asia. As Caribbean Hindus many of us have been isolated from information about the situation of Hindus in other countries where they are facing genocide and persecution and are refugees because of their Hindu religion. Since the media doesn’t cover Hindu genocide, many of us want to help refugees, little do we know members of our community as refugees themselves. Trump is the only major political American candidate who is willing and brave enough to reach out to us. We should consider reaching out to him. He has our interests in mind.

Other Hindu organizations are also endorsing Trump including Republican Hindu Coalition, Indian American Intellectuals Forum and Hindus for Trump, a Hindu youth campaign for Trump on Twitter and Facebook. The HRC founding member Shalabh Kumar has donated almost a million dollars to Trump’s campaign because he understands how Hindus can forge a new path and succeed even as Republicans.

Trump sees India, our ancestral home as a key U.S. ally. Mr. Kumar notes many of our Hindu values echo that of the Republican Party such as “free enterprise…and human development comes from individuals, families and communities, and not from government, which only spends taxpayers’ money without much regard for its value…self-sufficiency…we are the least dependent on government,” he also noted that, “the Democrat Party platform focuses on ethnic victimhood.”

Mr. Trump recently hailed the Hindu American community as one that, “has made fantastic contributions to world civilization and to American culture and we look forward to our shared values of free enterprise, hard work, family values and a strong American foreign policy.” We must consider those who are considering us.

Trump is fresh on the political scene. He is not a trained politician with a sweet tongue as we all know but, whatever he thinks we are guaranteed to be told upfront, he does not say one thing and do another. Many of us, like our fellow Americans are tired of the political games going on in our government that seem to serve almost every other interest beside us, the American people. At least with Trump we can expect the raw truth. For far too long Hindus have had their heads in the sciences and not the social sciences, we need to understand and engage in the political scene to safeguard our interests and not flutter in the wind as soon as the dog whistle blows.

My consideration and support for Trump is based also on everything he promises, to respect all citizens regardless of their background, not to engage the US in unnecessary wars, he will put American interests first, bring this country to greater economic success and work with allies who have America’s best interest and the safety of the democratic world.


Vassan Ramracha.
A Caribbean-American Hindu
Writer and Activist